AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months home detention after pleading guilty to charges of threats to kill a former employee and the discovery of 91 grams of marijuana alongside methamphetamines in his Tauranga, New Zealand home. The case began last November after Rudd supposedly made calls in September to an associate asking if they would murder a former assistant in exchange for “$200,000, a car, a motorbike, or a house.”AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged With Hiring A Hitman To Arrange MurderJudge Thomas Ingram handed down the sentence and, according to Bay of Plenty Times, made some rather harsh statements to Rudd. “Queen replaced Freddie Mercury,” Ingram said, “AC/DC are still going on without you. Your place in the band for the moment does not exist, and will not exist until you address your addiction issues… The reality, Mr Rudd, is this. I consider you badly need help with your drug problem and I consider the best way to deal with that is to give you the sentence I’ve given you here.”Rudd will be monitored 24 hours a day during his home detention, and could face prison time due to a breach of the conditions set forth in his sentence, including the possession of drugs and/or alcohol. Craig Tuck, Rudd’s lawyer, is filing an appeal of the sentence with the belief that the conviction was excessive given the damage that has been done to Rudd’s career.AC/DC is currently on tour with Rudd’s replacement Chris Slade.
“We could’ve played better I thought but we made some early turnovers and LCM took advantage of them with some big plays early,” said Smalley. “I know it’s just our first game and all but we showed tonight that we have a lot of areas to improve on but it’s going to get better. It was nice to finally hit the field again and I know the kids are happy about that.”Spirits were high at F.L. McLain Stadium though as there were capacity crowds on both sides.LCM outgained the Bobcats 306-19 in the first 24 minutes and finished with a 383-89 advantage.“We made some big plays on offense even though we were in too many long yardage situations and we’ve got to improve there,” said Crouch. “I thought our defense was outstanding. That Slot-T offense can be tough to stop. We showed tremendous improvement from the previous week.” LCM quarterback Etan McCollum had 188 total yards as he rushed for 101 yards on 15 carries and a pair of scores and passed for 87 yards. Bear back Chris Winters scored on a touchdown run and a long punt return for a score and receiver Katon Brown had four catches for 90 yards.The Bears hit the scoreboard early.Winters brought the opening kickoff back 56 yards to the Bobcat 34. On the very next play, McCollom executed a great fake handoff to Winters and kept it around the right side untouched for a 34-yard touchdown run. Kooper Abernathy booted the extra-point as the Bears led 7-0 with 11:37 left in the first quarter.The Bears jumped up 14-0 with 0:20 left in the first quarter after completing a eight-play, 55-yard drive.The big play of the drive came when McCollom connected with receiver Katon Brown over the middle for a 26-yard pass to the Bobcat 9 on a third-and-16 play from the 35. McCollom found the end zone again three plays later, darting over the right side for a six-yard score.The Bears navigated 68 yards in eight plays to hit paydirt with their first series of the second quarter. The Bears fooled the Bobcats with a superb reverse as receiver Dameon Morris took it 47 yards down the right side all the way to the Bobcat 21. McColom had a 12-yard dart to the 9 and fellow quarterback Brayden Babineaux found the end zone with a fourth down sneak from a yard out to make it 21-0 with 6:28 in the half.LCM closed out the half with a 10-play, 93-yard drive. Brown had the big play of the series when he hauled in a Babineaux pass and bolted 57 yards all the way down to the Bobcat 24. Babineaux had a nice nine-yard keeper to the Bobcat 10 and WInters would score, bolting into the end zone from two yards out off left tackle.McCollom accounted for 149 first-half yards, rushing for 89 and passing for 60. He and Babineaux combined to go 5-for-7 for 132 yards.Brown hauled in two catches for 83 yards while Morris accounted for 80 total yards.The Bobcats rushed for 19 yards on 15 carries as LCM ran 33 total plays in the half while the Bobcats had 17.Both teams struggled to move the ball early in the third quarter.Bobcat defensive back Quy Tsan picked off a McCollom pass at the Bear 44 and returned it to the 18 with 4:27 in the third.The Bobcats quickly took advantage of the turner scoring in four plays. Chase Broussard had a big seven-yard gain and quarterback Mason Gonzales had a six-yard keeper and would score on a five-yard keeper. Jacob Rainey booted the extra-point, trimming it to 28-7 with 2:29 in the third.The Bears retaliated on the last play of the third when Winters bolted through the Bobcat special teams for a swift 75-yard punt return for a touchdown.The Bobcats played much better on defense in the second half, limiting the Bears to 77 yards.“We showed some positive signs in the second half except for that long punt return by Winters,” said Smalley. “Our kids showed some fight and they looking forward to bouncing back against Kelly next week.”Dylan Williams was the leading rusher for the Bobcats, finishing with 21 yards on six carries.LCM will host Crosby next week while Orangefield heads to Kelly. By Van WadeThe Orange LeaderORANGEFIELD — Getting back on the field for the first time since the onslaught of Tropical Storm Harvey, the Orangefield Bobcats showed plenty of rust and the Little Cypress-Mauriceville Battlin’ Bears took full advantage of it Friday night.The Bears rolled up 306 yards in the first half to build a 28-0 edge and never looked back as they downed the Bobcats 35-7. Next UpThe Bears were in Orangefield’s shoes last week when they wore down against Woodville in the second half in their first game back, falling 28-14 but the Bears bounced back well after a full week of practice.The Bobcats, who got water all in their fieldhouse and weight room from the storm, played hard throughout.“We know what Coach (Josh) Smalley and the Bobcats are going through,” said LCM coach Randy Crouch. “Their kids and our kids have been through a lot of stuff of late and both teams played hard tonight. The Bobcats are going to get better and they’ll do it nextweek. It really took a week for us to get back in the groove too.”
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KEYWORDS Saori Kimura, FIVB Volleyball World Cup RELATED PHOTOS Japan captain Saori Kimura scored 10 points from 14 attempts attacking as well as two on blocking, leading Japan to a 25-15, 25-20, 25-12 victory over Kenya on Wednesday in fourth-day action at the Women’s World Cup at National Yoyogi First Gymnasium.Japan improved 4-1 while the African champion Kenya has yet to win in the 12-nation tournament. Riho Otake (left) competes against Kenya during their match at the FIVB Women’s World Cup at Yoyogi National Gymnasium on Wednesday. | KYODO Japan used strong serves to force Kenya to make receiving errors, keeping the Africans from establishing an offensive rhythm. Kenya has powerful hitters in Mercy Moim and Everlyne Makuto, who combined for 18 points on spikes, but failed to take full advantage of them.“When you don’t have good reception, it is very difficult to fight Japan, which has the speed,” Kenyan head coach David Lungaho said. “But we’re still learning and in the future we want to become like Japan.”Japan made a few mistakes blocking and receiving as well, but the solid play of Kimura and fellow attacker Miyu Nagaoka helped maintain the momentum.It was also another fine day for Sarina Koga, who led Japan with three points on serve.“I’m not good at service but I tossed the ball higher than usual and kept the hitting point as high as possible,” said the 19-year-old Koga, who scored six on spikes. Unlike her normal position at wing spiker, Koga hit some spikes from the middle. “It was the setter’s decision. The setter delivers the ball and leads me to the hitting point.”After Wednesday’s matches, Koga ranked fourth among all participants with 55 points. Moim leads with 66, followed by Nataliya Obmochaeva of Russia (63) and China’s Zhu Ting (57).In other matches on Wednesday, Russia extended its undefeated streak to four by winning 3-0 (25-10, 25-10, 25-16) over Argentina (1-3). The Dominican Republic, which takes on Japan on Thursday, improved to 3-1 by beating Cuba (1-3) 3-1 (25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 25-23).At Matsumoto City General Gymnasium in Nagano Prefecture, Serbia (3-1) gave up only 21 points to winless Algeria (0-4) in a 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-3) victory. The United States (3-1) cruised past Peru (1-3) 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-12). China (3-1) came from a set deficit to edge Asian rival South Korea (2-2) 3-1 (23-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-23). GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Melbourne will join the ranks of cities like Berlin and Memphis to lead an international discussion about the extensive role music plays in cities socially, culturally and economically, becoming the first city outside Europe and the US to do so. The Music Cities Convention is the largest and most extensive gathering of its kind, bringing together government, academic and music industry leaders from around the world. It showcases best practices in the use of music to improve city life across education, employment, community building, licensing, and regulation. The presentation of the Melbourne Music Cities Convention is being supported with $250,000 in the Victorian Budget 2017/18 as part of a multi-faceted $22.2 million initiative providing strategic investment in local music venues and businesses, market development, music tourism initiatives, regional touring, career pathways and professional opportunities for musicians, technicians, and others working in the industry. The event will be held in April next year and is expected to attract hundreds of delegates from around the world. It will be delivered in partnership with the Victorian Government and peak industry body Music Victoria.