Great-grandmother, 73, kills 580-pound alligator with one shot, she says

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(GOODRICH, Texas) — A great-grandmother in Texas hit an alligator in the bullseye earlier this week, killing the massive reptile with one shot to its head, she told a local news station.Livingston Mayor Judy Cochran believes the gator she found on her family ranch along the Trinity River in Goodrich, Texas, is responsible for her miniature horse who went missing three years ago, she told ABC Houston station KTRK-TV.The gator likely ate the horse, which was about the size of a Labrador retriever, she said.On Monday, Cochran shot the gator in the same pond where her grandson killed one in 2009, the Houston Chronicle reported. He was only 5 years old at the time, the Chronicle reported.“One shot in the head and he went under,” Cochran said of her kill. “Typically, they’ll do a death roll and roll over and over and over, but this one didn’t.”The alligator, which measured in a 12 feet and 580 pounds, was taken to a local taxidermist. Cochran plans to mount its head and tail in her office, make boots from its hide and eat the meat, she said.Residents in Polk County are only permitted to kill alligators 20 days out of the year, according to KTRK-TV. The gator must be baited and caught before it’s killed, the station reported.This year was full of firsts for Cochran, according to KTRK-TV. She was elected as mayor in May, became a great-grandmother for the first time earlier this month and can now call herself a killer of predators.“Don’t mess with Nana,” she said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Talk of the towns: Yorkshire, north & north-east Lincs

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High-end overhaul of Carindale beauty

first_imgThe shower in the ensuite has a window through to the walk-in wardrobe.The shower has two regular shower heads, plus a third rainfall shower head.There is also a spa bath in the corner of the ensuite.“We were going for the top end, the house was a good canvas to work with and it stook out already,” Mr Kallis said.“It’s a beautiful house and it has had no money spared on it.” How incredible is this home theatre? Binge watching coming up.Mr Kallis said all the fittings were top of the range and he said he could see the house suiting a doctor, lawyer or similar.“It’s perfect, it’s even better than we envisaged it.” The house at 19 Woodland St, Carindale, is for sale.PURE luxury is the best way to describe this Carindale house.John Kallis, who is a builder by trade, bought the house at 19 Woodland St three years ago with the intention of updating it into a high-end modern masterpiece. One of the bedrooms.The master suite also has an ensuite, which is the star of the house. “The shower is in the middle of the bathroom now,” Mr Kallis said.“There is a big glass panel and you can see all of your clothes from in the shower, and think about what you want to wear for the day.” Kick back by the pool.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51center_img There is a balcony looking down onto the living areas.Upon entering the home, you are greeted with a grand staircase sweeping upstairs, and each stair is lit with a lighting strip.On the lower level is a lounge, dining, office or bedroom, laundry, bathroom and open plan kitchen and living room. Stairs go up from the dining room to the living room.The grand two-storey house already stood out, but Mr Kallis’ renovation took it to the next level.Outside is now a combination of dark and light grey, with the same theme carrying through the inside of the house. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoThe kitchen has a breakfast bar.Also on this floor is a gym, which is off the triple car garage, and a home theatre, which is complete with tiered seating.Upstairs are four bedrooms and a bathroom.last_img read more

Demerara dethrone Berbice to take HiH 50-over title

first_imgHOSTS Demerara snatched victory and in the process dethroned defending champions Berbice in the final of the Hand In Hand 2019 Under-19 Inter County 50-Over Tournament which ended yesterday.Played at the GCC ground, Bourda, Berbice opted to bat after they won the toss against Demerara, but eventually lost by five wicketsHowever, the Berbice batsmen failed to live up to expectations, as Demerara produced exceptional bowling performances to fold Berbice at 115 all out in their allotted 50 overs.Opening batsmen, Kevlon Anderson topscored with a watchful 33 runs off 65 balls, complemented by one 6 and one 4, and undefeated Seon Glasgow 21, inclusive of a boundary.Deonauth Persaud who caught in an attempt to hit a maximum, made 14 with one 4, before he was sent on his way by Qumar Torrington.The Demerara bowlers tormented the remaining Berbice batsmen, to induce a low and highly probable manageable victory target for Demerara.Daniel Mootoo limited Berbice in their pursuit of achieving a mammoth total, by grabbing 4 wickets for 32 runs with support from Ashmead Nedd and Joel Spooner who earlier picked up 2 wickets each.Demerara in reply, batted confidently to gain victory by six wickets.Sachin Singh capped the top score for Demerara with a brilliant 48 off 43 balls, in which he hit four 6s and two 4s, but was eventually dismissed, caught by Gevon Schultz.Alphius Bookie added 30 off 48 balls as Nedd and Andrew Samaroo ended unbeaten with a closing partnership of 17 runs, which was enough to secure victory for Demerara, as they finished on 116 for 5 off 28 overs.Individual awards went to:Junior Sinclair – Most Valuable Player with 374 runs,11 wickets and four dismissalsJunior Sinclair- Player with the most runs, standing at 374Kelvin Umroa with 26 wicketsMavendra Dindyal with Most Dismissals , a total of fiveDaniel Mootoo – Man of the Match awardlast_img read more

Big Ten predictions 2019: Odds, conference picks, sleepers, big games, Heisman hopefuls and more

first_imgCan anybody dethrone the Buckeyes? Michigan is still looking for its first Big Ten championship since 2004, and first victory against the Buckeyes under fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh. Michigan State and Penn State are in the mix in the Big Ten East. The West features six teams that think they can win the division, including Nebraska with second-year coach Scott Frost.MORE: Ranking Big Ten coaches for 2019 seasonWill the Big Ten championship still run through Ohio State? A look at Sporting News’ Big Ten predictions for 2019:Odds to win 2019 Big Ten championshipLas Vegas has tabbed Ohio State the favorite to win the Big Ten in 2019, even in the Buckeyes’ first year under Day. Michigan comes in with the second-highest odds in the conference, suggesting “The Game” in Ann Arbor will be all the more important in November. Here are the full odds to win the 2019 Big Ten championship, courtesy of Bovada:Ohio State +125Michigan +215Nebraska+1000Penn State +1200Michigan State +1300Wisconsin +1600Minnesota +2500Northwestern +2800Iowa +3500Purdue +3500Indiana +12500Maryland +15000Illinois +22500Rutgers +50000Big Ten West predictions1. Wisconsin2. Nebraska3. Northwestern4. Iowa5. Purdue6. Minnesota7. IllinoisWe know Wisconsin’s cross-division schedule is stiff, but we still think the Badgers are the best team in the division. September will be critical with home games against Michigan and Northwestern. The reality here is each of the top six teams have a chance to win the division. Quarterback Graham Mertz will live up to expectations and help get the Badgers back to Indianapolis. Nebraska could upset that, but we need to see the Huskers’ defense first. We’ll plead guilty to overlooking Northwestern — if it wins the West again with quarterback Hunter Johnson and preseason All-American linebacker Paddy Fisher. Iowa has experience at quarterback with Nate Stanley and defensive end A.J. Epenesa. Purdue and Minnesota should be improved as well.Big Ten West X-factor: The cross-division scheduleWe’ve already mentioned the crossover schedule. It comes down to which team can go 2-1 — or better — against its three Big Ten East opponents. Here’s a closer look at those crossovers:TeamBig Ten East opponentsWisconsinvs. Michigan, vs. Michigan State, at Ohio StateNorthwesternvs. Michigan State, vs. Ohio State, at IndianaIowavs. Rutgers, at Michigan vs. Penn StateNebraskavs. Ohio State, vs. Indiana, at MarylandPurdueat Penn State, vs. Maryland, vs. IndianaIllinoisvs. Michigan, vs. Rutgers, at Michigan StateMinnesotaat Rutgers, vs. Maryland, vs. Penn StateBig Ten West sleeper: MinnesotaThe Gophers have the friendliest crossover schedule in the division, and P.J. Fleck built momentum last season by ending the 14-year losing streak against Wisconsin. Running back Mohamed Ibrahim and receiver Tyler Johnson are back. Now, Minnesota must show more consistency.Big Ten East predictions1. Ohio State2. Michigan3. Penn State4. Michigan State5. Indiana6. Maryland7. RutgersWe’re still picking Ohio State. That comes with the trust that Day will get the most out of transfer quarterback Justin Fields with new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. The defense will improve under co-defensive coordinators Greg Mattison and Jay Hafley. Day will still have to prove it against a tough draw against West teams along with the usual pairings against Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State, but the Buckeyes still have the most talented team in the conference.Big Ten East X-factor: Michigan’s new-look offenseWill Harbaugh be true to his word and open the offense up around Shea Patterson with new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis? Michigan has an outstanding trio of receivers in Donovan Peoples-Jones, Nico Collins and Tarik Black. Considering the questions at running back with the loss of Karan Higdon and Chris Evans, it’s time to see if Patterson — with Dylan McCaffrey mixed in — can finally lead that Big Ten championship charge.Big Ten East sleeper: Michigan StateIt seems like every time it’s assumed Ohio State and Michigan will dominate the division, Michigan State gets in the way. The Spartans have an experienced defense led by SN preseason All-American Kenny Willekes, but the offense must get more out of a healthy Brian Lewerke this season. Day hasn’t gone head to head with Dantonio yet. Dantonio also is 4-1 at the Big House.MORE: SN preseason top 25, position rankings, All-Americans and moreBig Ten’s biggest games in 2019Ohio State at Nebraska (Sept. 28). If both teams get to this game unbeaten — and they should — there’s a good chance “ESPN College GameDay” will be there for the ride. This is a huge matchup with Day and Frost looking for a big-game score.Wisconsin at Nebraska (Nov. 16). The Badgers are 7-1 against Nebraska since the Huskers joined the Big Ten. Nebraska can’t take the next step under Frost until the Huskers win this one.Penn State at Ohio State (Nov. 23). The Nittany Lions’ season has hinged on the Ohio State game the last three years. Will they be able to avenge the fourth-quarter failures of the last two seasons?Ohio State at Michigan (Nov. 30). The Wolverines have a tough schedule before this game, and must get through rivalries with Michigan State and Notre Dame first. We still think both teams will be in position to win the Big Ten East when they meet in Ann Arbor.Big Ten Heisman hopefulsShea Patterson, Michigan. Patterson finished with 2,600 passing yards and 22 touchdowns last season. If he can lead the Wolverines to that elusive Big Ten title, then there’s a decent chance he’ll get an invite to New York.Adrian Martinez, Nebraska. Martinez is the best bet to lead the Big Ten in total offense in 2019. He showed that talent with 25 total touchdowns as a freshman last season. Another year with Frost will bring out more.Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin. Taylor has 4,171 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns through two seasons, and there’s no reason to expect it won’t be more of the same in 2019. Melvin Gordon and Montee Ball were close; Taylor has the talent to at least be a top-three finalist.Justin Fields, Ohio State. Fields has a tough act to follow in Dwayne Haskins, but the Georgia transfer will be more of a factor in the zone-read game with J.K. Dobbins (also a dark-horse candidate). How Fields progresses in the passing game will determine if he can get to New York.Big Ten coach with something to prove: Lovie Smith, IllinoisSmith enters a telling fourth year in Champaign. The Illini are 9-27 the last three seasons, including 4-23 in Big Ten play. Every other team in the Big Ten West truly feels it has a chance to win the division. Illinois must show progress.Big Ten stat that matters: 18-2Meyer will be remembered for his 7-0 record against Michigan, but the Buckeyes had the drop on the entire Big Ten. His teams went 18-2 against ranked Big Ten teams, with the only two losses coming to Michigan State. That’s the challenge for Day in Year 1. How will he handle the constant flow of big-time games in the conference before “The Game” against the Wolverines? Will anybody in the Big Ten step up to the challenge? Urban Meyer is gone after leading Ohio State to three Big Ten championships in seven seasons. The Buckeyes have won the conference title the last two years, just missing the College Football Playoff.That’s the powerhouse Ryan Day inherits in Columbus, and the bar remains the same. MORE: Trap games for SN top-25 teamsBig Ten’s biggest question: Can Michigan beat Ohio State?Michigan was picked by a panel of 34 Big Ten writers to win the confidence, and Harbaugh showed more confidence than ever in the Wolverines at Big Ten Media Days. Then again, Ohio State didn’t do much talking before a 62-39 victory against Michigan last season. This is a pivotal game for the direction of Harbaugh’s tenure. A win against the Buckeyes unlocks the rest of Michigan’s goals.Big Ten champion: Ohio StateWe’re not saying Michigan can’t win it, but we’ll make the Wolverines prove it on the field. Ohio State will get contributions from some blue-chip freshmen — get ready for Garrett Wilson and Zach Harrison — and Fields will settle in as the starter. The Buckeyes might lose one, but they will be in the same position, on the fringe of the Playoff, when the pairings are announced. Will they get in this time?last_img read more