Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A former Suffolk County Community College associate dean has admitted to driving while high on methamphetamine when he caused a crash that killed two men on the Meadowbrook State Parkway two years ago.Robert Beodeker pleaded guilty Monday at Nassau County court to charges of vehicular homicide and driving while ability impaired.Prosecutors said the 52-year-old Aquebogue man was driving along the parkway when his truck struck a vehicle on the side of the roadway on March 4, 2013.Two men who were fixing the vehicle, 76-year-old John Elder of Freeport and 65-year-old Edward Ross of North Bellmore, were pronounced dead at the scene.Judge Christopher Quinn is scheduled to sentence Beodeker on May 18.
Last year, Wisconsin coaches told then-freshman forward Nigel Hayes that he was the worst rebounder in the country.While the statements were obviously hyperbolic, for the forward position Hayes plays, his rebounding last year was subpar, as he averaged only 2.8 rebounds per game coming off the bench for the Badgers.Now, as a sophomore and starter for Wisconsin, Hayes looks at improving his rebounding as a priority for the 2014-2015 season.“Our assistant coach, Coach [Gary] Close, always gave me a hard time about it last year, telling me I was a ‘terrible rebounder’ and ‘the worst rebounder in the country,’” Hayes said. “So this year going around I wanted to make improvements and rebounding was one of those.”Hayes’ improvements were on display in the Badgers’ opening game against Northern Kentucky, as the sophomore from Ohio posted 10 rebounds, which was good for the second most on the team.A big reason Hayes was able to be so dominant on the glass was the size advantage he had inside. At 6-foot-8, Hayes isn’t the biggest of forwards, but Northern Kentucky didn’t have a single player on the floor that matched Hayes’ height.This size differential created a matchup nightmare for the Norse, with Hayes and senior forward Frank Kaminsky combining for 21 rebounds on the night. Overall, Wisconsin out-rebounded Northern Kentucky 42-28 and won the game by a score of 62-31.“I would say it’s a pretty good start for the first game,” Hayes said.It was a pretty good start that Hayes and the Badgers only built upon in Wisconsin’s second weekend matchup against Chattanooga.In Sunday’s 89-45 rout, the Badgers out-rebounded the Mocs 48-21 while being led, once again, by Hayes and Kaminsky. The duo down low each posted a double-double with Hayes recording 15 points and 13 rebounds and Kaminksy posting 15 points and 10 rebounds. The double-double was the first of Hayes’ career and Kaminsky’s second in two games this season.Hayes was once again dominant on the glass. In fact, he was so dominant that in the first half, Hayes out-rebounded the entire Chattanooga team 10-9.The Mocs not only had no answer for the Badgers on the boards in the first half, where they were out-rebounded 25-9, but they had no answer for the entire game, and Hayes’ play caught the eye of Chattanooga head coach Dave Bezold.“I was really impressed with Nigel Hayes,” Bezold said. “Watching a lot of film on him, you can tell he’s slimmed down, lost a lot of weight and toned his body. He’s a phenomenal player. I know [Sam] Dekker and Kaminsky get a lot of the press, but Hayes, that’s a ball player.”Along with Hayes and Kaminksy down low, sophomore forward Vitto Brown also made his own rebounding contributions this weekend on both ends of the floor as he slowly finds his role on this Badger team.Brown, who only appeared in 14 games for Wisconsin last season, recorded eight rebounds in 26 minutes of playing time over the course of the weekend.With his offensive game still in need of refining, Brown believes being scrappy and doing the dirty work on the floor is how he makes the team better in the limited minutes he plays.“I expect to go in now,” Brown said. “Last year, I wasn’t sure when I was going to get in the game. So knowing that I have a role on the team getting rebounds and doing that dirty work, I’m more confident.”Even though his numbers in the box score won’t jump out, Brown’s great athleticism and 7-foot-3 wingspan are sure to create problems for other teams as the season goes on, as they allow him to be factor inside at all times.“I just want to come in and make a positive impact on the game,” Brown said. “I think getting offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds allows our team to have more opportunities to score.”Wisconsin has been known for its consistently stout defense, and a large part of being a strong defensive team is being a strong rebounding team, as a rebound ends a defensive possession.At this point, while only two games into the regular season, the Badgers look to be a force on the court in both aspects, and in doing so, have created a strong foundation of dominance on the inside to build on as this season progresses.
The Rangers have added a reliever.Texas has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with reliever Shawn Kelley, according to a report from MLB.com. The deal includes a team option for 2020, the report says. Source: RHP Shawn Kelley has a one-year deal with the Rangers and has passed his physical. Deal is for $2.5M base salary, with a $2.5M club option for 2020 ($250K buyout). So he’s guaranteed $2.75M. Contract also has performance bonuses that can make each year worth almost $3M.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) January 28, 2019Kelley was sent from the Nationals to the Athletics in early August. He tallied a 2-0 record and a 2.94 ERA in 54 total appearances last season. MLB hot stove: Royals, Whit Merrifield agree to new 4-year, $16.25M contract MLB trade rumors: J.T. Realmuto saga in ‘final chapter” The Rangers finished 2018 with a 67-95 record and missed the playoffs for a second straight season. The 34-year-old right hander has also pitched for the Mariners, Yankees and Padres over his 10-year career. Related News
The news comes at a key time for the league, with some player agents and team personnel reportedly calling for the remainder of the 2019-20 season to be canceled. LeBron James, however, spoke out in support of finishing the campaign on Twitter on Thursday.The scouting combine typically involves about 70 players — along with front office personnel, doctors and members of the media — gathering to run drills, play games against one another and receive medical examinations. The NBA was the first major sports league in the United States to suspend play because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and no games have taken place since March 11. The league has missed 259 regular-season games during the shutdown. The decision came out of a conference call with the league’s Board of Governors, which voted to postpone the lottery and combine but delayed deciding on the draft itself, which is scheduled for June 25. SN MOCK DRAFT: Warriors face tough decision with top pickThe group also discussed the possibility of moving the start of the 2020-21 season back to December, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. While the discussions were not definitive, pushing back the league calendar may increase the chances of games to be played with fans inside arenas. The NBA has postponed its annual draft lottery and predraft scouting combine, citing the coronavirus pandemic, the league announced Friday.Both events were scheduled to take place in May in Chicago.