first_imgDoctors believe a woman’s silicone breast implants saved her life after she survived a close-range gunshot wound to the chest.SAGE medical journal published a case study last week where doctors described how a silicone breast implant deflected a bullet away from a 30-year-old woman’s vital organs.The incident took place in Toronto Canada two years ago. The woman suffered a gunshot wound, broken ribs and broken implants. None of her major organs were touched because the implant was likely responsible for deflecting the bullet’s trajectory, which saved her life, doctors said.Medics found the bullet in the woman’s right lower anterior thoracic wall below the right breast.Doctor’s removed the implants and she was cleared by the trauma service.The firearm was never recovered and the shooter remains unknown, according to the report.last_img read more

first_imgWeek one leaves fantasy owners with the wrong mindset heading forward into the season. They are either prematurely crowning themselves champion of the league after an early win or scrambling to make any kind of trade to shake up their roster and not feel the pain of defeat again in week two.Both parties need to stop. Fantasy Football is a cruel game full of ups and downs on a week-to-week basis that send owners on an emotional roller coaster. Even if your stud player didn’t perform to your standards just relax and wait it out.However, if you can’t stand your team’s week one performance and are looking to make a major splash by adding someone on the waiver wire or making a trade it’s understandable. CHOOSE WISELY. StudsKelvin Benjamin, WR, Carolina PanthersThis rookie wide receiver is 6’5” 243 pounds of pure monster. While with any rookie there are bound to be some learning curves, Benjamin didn’t show any problems against the Buccaneers as he carved their defense up for ninety-three yards and a touchdown. Look for Benjamin to continue this type of performance throughout the course of the season because lets face it who else is Cam Newton going to throw to after losing their top four receivers from last season. Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Minnesota VikingsHonestly this pick could end up being completely moronic by the end of the season. With that being said the hype around this guy is absolutely ridiculous. SURE he had a big week one, but if it wasn’t for his sixty-seven yard fluke of a touchdown he only had a pathetic twenty-three yards receiving. To make matters worse he doesn’t have a good quarterback throwing to him because Matt Cassel, Teddy Bridgewater, and Christian Ponder combined wouldn’t amount to a top twenty quarterback in the NFL. Be skeptical of his hype and don’t rely on him too much as a WR1 or WR2. Sell high on him if you can and try and get a more proven WR. Carlos Hyde, RB, San Francisco 49ersYes, Hyde is also a rookie. While most owners do not like rookies because they are risky and sometimes inconsistent, they do also provide the highest upside. Plain and simple there isn’t a rookie running back with more upside than Hyde. While he is currently blocked for playing time by Frank Gore, Hyde will see limited carries and could provide help in deeper leagues. However, everyone needs to be aware of him and try to stash him on their bench because if Gore goes down with an injury Carlos Hyde immediately steps into the conversation of being a top ten fantasy running back.center_img DudsAllen Hurns, WR, Jacksonville JaguarsHey look, Hurns is a rookie and I don’t like him for fantasy! While he did have an extremely impressive week one, if it wasn’t for wide receiver Cecil Shorts being out he never would have produced numbers close to that. I expect Hurns to receive fewer reps when Cecil gets back from his injury and return to fantasy irrelevance. Do not waste your time picking him up or trading for him because he, like Kevin Ogletree who had a huge first game in 2012 and then proceeded to do nothing the rest of the season, is an absolute fluke. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia EaglesWhile I was going to go another rookie in Brandin Cooks (Future Star) I decided to switch it up and go with the second year TE out of Stanford (Fight On). Chip Kelly, the coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, already said that Ertz will play a larger role in their offense this year and boy did he mean it. Ertz in week one caught three balls for seventy-seven yards and a touchdown. Expect more performances like this from Ertz, as he should be looked at as a serious weapon in the redzone for the Eagles.last_img read more

first_imgDwayne Bacon dominated, attacking on offense and disrupting on defense as Jack Meriwether looked on. Bacon appeared the unquestioned alpha dog, vocal on both ends. Meriwether heard about Bacon’s inconsistency and occasional lack of defensive effort before attending Oak Hill (Virginia) Academy. What he saw then didn’t fit the narrative.Meriwether, then a Nike recruiting coordinator, remembers Oak Hill coach Steve Smith telling him that Bacon played so hard, he’d have to pull him out of some team drills to make it fair. The team had 12 future Division I players.Bacon finally had the attention that eluded him for so long. He’d jumped through hoops presented by “shoe game politics,” questions about his defense and those who criticized his female AAU coach, and into a starring role at one of the nation’s top basketball powerhouses. Bacon, now at Florida State (16-7, 6-5 Atlantic Coast), faces Syracuse (16-8, 6-5) Thursday at 7 p.m. His 16.2 points per game is second best for Florida State and he grabs a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per game. When he’s on the court, he takes nearly one-third of FSU’s shots, per Kenpom.com.“By 9th grade, Bacon was so much better than everybody else that he didn’t need to play defense,” said Robert Gandy, who coached Bacon at McKeel (Florida) Academy. “He’d drive me crazy … but he’d go out and get five, six steals anyway.”Courtesy of Phil Kelly AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBacon didn’t enjoy basketball when he first started in 5th grade. He considered himself a football player. Still, he accepted Gandy’s invitation to play on the McKeel varsity team as a 7th grader. Bacon played a lot, but Gandy managed his minutes because, he said, he wanted Bacon to remain coachable.By 9th grade, he quit football. He’d often text Gandy about opening the gym. Extra shots on the weekend, extra lifts in the summer. Gandy showed him the European cross-step on a Friday. He mastered it by Monday. The coach said he had players for three seasons who never quite got it. If Bacon ever wrote an article about himself, he said he’d title it, “Monster.”“To be successful, you have to be a monster,” Bacon said. “You have to be focused always; be locked in.”Bacon ran out of competition locked into Florida’s mid-size division of 4A.That year, McKeel played rival Lakeland Christian looking for the school’s first district title. Gandy remembers drawing up a play down four with about two minutes to go. Bacon turned to him and said, “I got this.” McKeel didn’t allow another bucket, and Bacon scored six of the next 10 points to win. Facebook Twitter Google+ Multiple coaches think this initial lack of competition led to inconsistent effort from Bacon. That led to later questions about his defense and team play from other AAU coaches and IMG Academy, where he transferred to from McKeel for his first semester junior year.But the talent was undeniable. Diana Neal, coach of the Florida AAU juggernaut Showtime Ballers, left a McKeel game and called a recruiting agency. “I just seen the best freshman in the state,” she said. Another coach in attendance, Kenny Gillion, said he has coached more than 200 Division I athletes, including some NBA players. Bacon is the best he’s ever seen.He conserved energy for offense. He wasn’t terrible at defense, but he needed to learn … because he wasn’t challenged.Kenny GillionNeal and Gillion left impressed by the physical, above-the-rim 6-foot-7 guard with handles, vision, body control and, more than anything else, the ability to score even on the toughest shots.They saw something few else appeared to. No major recruiting sites ranked him and his name wasn’t widely known after 9th grade, coaches said.Bacon joined Showtime under Neal, who he ended up calling “Godmama.” Rumors reached Neal that Bacon was “spoiled,” but she never saw it. He did everything asked of him, she said. FSU head coach Leonard Hamilton echoed that sentiment.Neal played him at the 2-guard spot and worked on ball-handling, creating his own shot and pick-and-rolls. He improved, but Gillion said his ranking rose little.Showtime had a shoe deal with Reebok, which doesn’t offer league play like Nike or Adidas. Bacon wasn’t invited to some major showcases as a result, Neal said. Gillion calls it “shoe game politics.” Some coaches and players criticized Bacon for staying with a female coach, multiple people said, and that she couldn’t get him proper exposure.Bacon developed a catchphrase he’d always say to Neal: “Wait on me.” Published on February 10, 2016 at 11:39 pm Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR After he transferred to IMG, attention increased, but he returned to McKeel for the second half of his junior year. For senior year, Bacon chose Oak Hill, which once produced Carmelo Anthony and Eric Devendorf. Meriwether noted that it’s difficult for an Oak Hill player to be underestimated, but that Bacon was “criminally underrated” by most.Playing against the country’s stiffest competition, Bacon became more consistent. He learned defensive help techniques and how to contain the dribbler.“Once they got his motor up to his ability, you couldn’t stop the guy,” said Meriwether, who saw more than 20 Oak Hill contests that season. “… He dismantled the other guy from the jump.”That season, Oak Hill won a school-record 47 games, losing only in the national championship game. Bacon won team MVP. He climbed to No. 14 in ESPN’s recruiting rankings. Meriwether saw his consistency rise as well as his presence dominate the gym. Meriwether saw him make multiple buzzer-beating, half-court shots at the end of quarters.“He’s got an ego, but the right amount of ego,” Meriwether said. “… He could miss eight shots, but it doesn’t bother him on the ninth shot. When you’re as talented as him, that’s a big deal. He’s not arrogant to the point where he thinks he can do things he can’t do, but he’s the right type of confident who knows he’s really good. That’s why he’s been so successful.”His confidence reminds Neal of NBA player Lance Stephenson, just not as “outspoken.” But it has allowed him to shut out critics, play with a female coach and become one of the nation’s best freshmen. It allows him to not care if some still see him as a one-dimensional gunner.“People still probably think I can’t pass, or I can’t play defense,” Bacon said. “But I can.” Commentslast_img read more

first_imgFEATURES: Active Retirement Ireland and Home Instead Senior Care are pleased to announce that the Marigold Festival will be held in Letterkenny for the first time on Thursday 23rd June. Everyone is welcome and entry is free. The Health and Wellbeing theme will provide an exciting day where ‘The Young at Heart’ can find new hobbies whilst gaining knowledge that will enable them to improve their health. The Festival will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel and will open at 11am.There will be two health talks; ‘How do you want to age? Chiropractic Care for Seniors’ given by Dr Victoria McKinney and the other ‘Mindfulness’ by Bill Vaughan from Mental Health Ireland.The Donegal Sports Partnership will also be giving an hour long demonstration from 12.30pm, on some very interesting indoor sports including Kurling. And yes, that is spelt correctly!During the day, there will be live music from local musicians, spot prizes and a raffle with the top prize being a return flight for two from Donegal airport to Dublin donated by Donegal Airport. Over 20 exhibitors will be giving advice on topics from health care to hobbies. Gerard Doherty owner of Home Instead Senior Care Donegal said ‘We at Home Instead Senior Care are delighted to be involved with Active Retirement Ireland in the Marigold festival.We want to enhance the lives of older adults and their families by living life to the full and believe the Marigold festival is an ideal opportunity for people to get together and discuss the latest ideas and options available. We are inviting every one along including our caregivers and clients for a day out.’Rory Cleary from Active Retirement Ireland said ‘We are delighted that the Marigold Festival has reached the North West.“We encourage the ‘Young At Heart’ to come and find out more about groups and services in and around the Donegal area.’More information can be obtained by contacting Rory Cleary on 0872 767939rory.cleary@tesco.net. Facebook; Marigold Festival in Letterkenny.MARIGOLD FESTIVAL TO BE HELD IN DONEGAL FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER! was last modified: June 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Active IrelanddonegalFeaturesnewsThe Mount Errigal Hotellast_img read more