McLennan County Sheriff Office deputies responded to a home in Temple in the 3700 block of Lynx Trail for a search warrant, and when the explosive was found, the county’s bomb squad was called in to respond. The explosive was taken to a range where both bomb squads disabled it.
McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said the APD bomb squad had a special tool to cut into suspected bombs to help take them apart while keeping components intact that can help potentially trace the bomb back to its creator.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives is part of the investigations. A man and woman were detained by authorities at the home, but charges are not known at this point. Once more information is made available, we will update the story.
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South Carolina is among 24 states where the death penalty remains law. In the past 16 years, 11 states have rescinded capital punishment, Mr. Dunham said, including Virginia, which in March became the first Southern state to do so. Governors have also imposed death penalty moratoriums in California, Oregon and Pennsylvania.
At the courthouse level, prosecutors have been increasingly reluctant to seek the death penalty, and juries increasingly unwilling to impose it. The decline in death sentences has been dramatic: Fewer than 50 have been imposed in the United States in each of the last six years, Mr. Dunham said, a marked difference from the mid-1990s, when the total number of yearly sentences sometimes exceeded 300.
Gallup polling from late last year showed that public support for the death penalty was at its lowest level since the early 1970s, although still popular with a majority of Americans, with 55 percent of respondents saying they approved of capital punishment for convicted murderers.
After years without a federal execution, Mr. Trump’s administration oversaw 13, more than a fifth of the prisoners who the Bureau of Prisons says were on death row. President Biden, by contrast, campaigned on a promise to end the death penalty for federal inmates and encourage states to follow suit.
In articulating his support for ending capital punishment, Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia, a Democrat, noted the vast racial disparity in how it was imposed in his state: Roughly 79 percent of the inmates who were executed were Black. “Ending the death penalty comes down to one fundamental question, one question: Is it fair?” Mr. Northam said.
A similar imbalance exists across the country, including in South Carolina; in the 284 executions carried out by the state since 1912, almost three-quarters of the inmates were Black.
The state now has 37 men on death row, with three who have exhausted all appeals, officials said.
“Those families of victims to these capital crimes are unable to get any closure because we’re caught in this limbo stage,” William Weston J. Newton, a Republican state lawmaker, said during the House debate.
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Manu Tuilagi has been out of sight since November but he definitely should not be out of Warren Gatland’s mind when he names his Lions squad.
Think of the one player South Africa would not want running at them this summer and it is Tuilagi. He is close to a comeback for Sale after his torn Achilles and by the time the series starts he should be purring.
He has to go on the tour.
I would also have Sam Simmonds inked in. It is bizarre how the Exeter No 8 continues to be overlooked by England – especially as they played so poorly in the Six Nations.
I’m hoping Gatland won’t make the same mistake as Eddie Jones.
If he is in it will be a wonderful moment for Simmonds when the news breaks.
For me in 2001, I hadn’t been named in the initial preliminary squad and hadn’t started a Test for England so I wasn’t tuned in for the announcement.
I was actually fixing a fence in the garden because we had a Great Dane at the time which kept escaping when I got the call from Sale’s media manager Dave Swanton to tell me I was in.
That tour was such an incredible learning experience in the company of great players from across the four nations and one which did so much for me. Five tries in my first game for the Lions, that phone box score inside three minutes of the First Test and top try scorer on the tour. Fun? You bet.
What sticks with me most though was the incredible travelling support – the sea of red in the stands – and it’s such a shame the 2023 Lions will not have the chance to experience that.
It’s great that the tour is on but something will definitely be missing. With no Lions fans, the bubble restrictions and the fact that they are playing the world champions I think this will be the hardest tour ever.
There is only one man to lead them on it – Alun Wyn Jones. He had a great Six Nations leading Wales to the title, has all the experience in the world and is a figure who is used to playing with the pressures of captaincy.
I know Maro Itoje has been talked about for the job in some quarters but to lead the Lions you need to be a captain of your national side or at least your club and Itoje is neither so just let him do what he does best and play.
It isn’t as if Jones will be short on leadership back-up with Stuart Hogg and Owen Farrell – both national captains – on the trip.
Farrell had a disappointing Six Nations and is playing Championship rugby at the moment with Saracens but I would expect him to regain his form as a Lions tour progresses.
It is the sort of environment which will bring the best out in him and if it does I would pick him at stand-off in the Test side.
I would also select Jamie George, a terrific Lion in 2017 who lost his England place in the Six Nations as well as Hamish Watson, the Scotland flanker.
He showed in the Six Nations he can punch above his weight and he can help the Lions to move South Africa around and, in tandem with Tom Curry, disrupt them at the breakdown.
I’d also want Louis Rees-Zammit on the wing. He has the pace to go the distance on the hard grounds of South Africa. He has only played a handful of Wales Tests but a rookie can make a big impact on a Lions tour.
I guess I should know.
Jason Robinson’s Lions XV for the 1st Test: Stuart Hogg (Scotland); Anthony Watson (England), Manu Tuilagi (England), Robbie Henshaw (Ireland), Louis Rees-Zammit (Wales); Owen Farrell (England), Conor Murray (Ireland); Mako Vunipola (England), Jamie George (England), Tadhg Furlong (Ireland), Maro Itoje (England), Alun Wyn Jones (Wales, capt), Tom Curry (England), Hamish Watson (Scotland), Taulupe Faletau (Wales).
Warren Gatland’s likely 36: Back three – Hogg, L Williams, A Watson, Rees-Zammit, May, Nowell. Centres: Henshaw, J Davies, Ringrose, Tuilagi. Half-backs: Biggar, Farrell, Russell, Murray, T Williams, Care. Front row: W Jones, M Vunipola, Sutherland, George, Owens, Cowan-Dickie, Sinckler, Furlong, Z Fagerson. Second row: Jones (capt), Itoje, Ryan, Beirne. Back row: T Curry, H Watson, Tipuric, Navidi, Underhill, Faletau, S Simmonds.
Jason Robinson is writing for Express Sport in association with TXM Group (www.txmgroup.com).
A 28-year-old man has been charged by Greater Manchester Police in relation to an incident at the Lowry Hotel which occurred during Sunday’s chaotic protests in opposition to the Glazer family’s ownership of Manchester United.
Police claim that Michael Cusker was involved in throwing fireworks and using threatening behavior amid the mass protests and demonstrations which took place inside and outside Old Trafford and at the nearby Lowry Hotel, where United’s squad stayed before Sunday’s scheduled game against reigning Premier League champions Liverpool.
The game was eventually postponed after more than 100 supporters gained entry to the stadium and invaded the pitch and stands, prompting some club employees to lock themselves in offices for their own safety.
Some supporters set off fireworks and flares, some of which were thrown in skirmishes with police who said that six officers were injured in violent exchanges with fans.
One police officer suffered a broken eye-socket, while another was taken to hospital for emergency treatment to a large facial wound after a glass bottle was thrown at his face.
Cusker, meanwhile, was charged with “throwing fireworks in a street, use of threatening behaviour and wilful obstruction of the highway“.
Given the high-profile nature of the incident and any ensuing charges which may come as a result of it, the authority said that the incident will be overseen by the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which they believe will ensure “complete transparency and independence“.
Following the mass protest, United released a statement vowing to co-operate with local police to help find those responsible for “criminal activity“, but said that peaceful protestors will not be punished.
It is expected that the club will issue bans to supporters responsible for violent acts at their stadium and on Manchester’s streets.
The Premier League has also hit out at “all acts of violence, criminal damage and trespass“, and the English Football Association is currently investigating the matter.
Thomas Tuchel has admitted mis-firing Timo Werner has to deliver more goals for Chelsea – and ordered him to trust his instincts.
The German coach was cracking the whip with his high-flying squad yesterday.
He’s guided them to an FA Cup final, to the brink of a Champions’ League final, and fighting off challengers for a place in the top four.
But Tuchel is demanding more, and urging Werner and his stars not to let a “brutal” playing schedule, and personal trials derail their quest for glory.
Tuchel reckons Werner’s could be over-thinking his goal drought which has seen him net just three times in 33 games since early November.
The 25-year-old got the winner against West Ham last weekend, but missed a good chance in the semi final against Real Madrid this week.
Asked about Werner he said: “Are we happy when he misses a chance like he did in the last game… NO.
“Do we wish for more goals, yes. Does he wish for more goals, yes.
“It is not about quality. It is about confidence and momentum. It is about trusting his instinct more and not overthinking it.
“It is easier said than done. I never scored a goal in my career! If I did it was like birthday and Christmas on the same day!
“He should keep his head up. This is what he does, this is what he used to do. What is the worst case scenario when the next chance comes? That he misses the chance. Billions of people never have a chance to take!
“So take the next chance.”
Tuchel’s side face Fulham looking to press home their advantage in the race for the top four, despite the game being sandwiched between huge European ties.
He added: “We are in the middle of the race. Is it easy to switch from one competition to another? No. But who cares. We don’t want easy.
“The players have worked hard to give us this advantage, to let it slip from our hands. Fully on and not hold back one percent. We play to win.”
Fulham have Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan this season.
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Tuchel has offered the former England midfielder an olive branch to prove himself again at Stamford Bridge…. because he reminds him of German legend Michael Ballack.
Tuchel said: “I am quite a fan of him. When he was younger – he is still young- but when he was coming from the Academy, and into professional football he reminded us a bit of Michael Ballack in his style of play and movement.
“He is on loan now and doing good. He is leaving his footprints there.
“It would not be fair to judge him on TV or hearsay. I want to work with players and give my opinion. Maybe that is quick but from a direct impression. I don’t know what his idea is, what my opinion is or the club’s so there is no decision.”
FIFA 21 TOTS release time and leaks – New Team of the Season cards, ratings revealed early? (Image: GETTY • EA)
UPDATE: The FIFA 21 TOTS Community Squad has been revealed today, with the new cards out in FUT Ultimate Team packs now.
And the first Team of the Season squad includes four Premier League players – Leicester City’s Harvey Barnes, Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Tottenham’s Tanguy Ndombele and Fulham’s Alphonse Areola.
Announcing the new FIFA 21 TOTS squad the game’s official Twitter posted: “Your votes have been counted. Here is your #FIFA21 Community Team of the Season”.
You can find full details on the new Team of the Season squad below…
The FIFA 21 TOTS Community Squad has been revealed by EA (Image: EA)
ORIGINAL: FIFA 21 TOTS is launching today, with Ultimate Team fans set to see the first batch of Team of the Season cards arrive.
The FIFA 21 TOTS promo already has a confirmed release date of Friday April 23, with a release time expected between 4.30pm and 6pm BST today.
The first TOTS squad to be revealed will be the Community Squad, with Team of the Season squads for other leagues such as the Premier League (arguably the biggest TOTS launch for any year), La Liga and Bundesliga coming over the next few weeks.
And ahead of the first FIFA 21 TOTS squad being revealed some upcoming new cards could have been revealed.
Leaker and Twitch streamer @KingLangpard may have revealed some of the FIFA 21 TOTS cards early.
Two cards in full could have been revealed – one for Manchester United’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and another for Real Madrid’s Federico Valverde.
According to images shared to @KingLangpard, Wan-Bissaka will be getting a TOTS card that has an overall 92 rating.
This is for the right-back position, with the Man United defender’s best attribute being 93 pace.
Other stats allegedly include a 90 for dribbling, a 92 for defence and another 90 for physical.
FIFA 21: EA Sports reveal Team of the Year players
Valverde meanwhile will allegedly have an overall 92 rating as well, this time for the centre midfield role.
The alleged leaked card has 94 pace listed as Valverde’s best stat, with 92 for dribbling, 91 for physical and 90 for passing.
The #LangpardLeaks TOTS Twitter account also claimed some other players could be getting new Team of the Season cards, but didn’t give ratings or positions for these players.
Here are the other players tipped to get the FIFA 21 TOTS treatment…
The FIFA 21 TOTS release date is Friday April 23 (Image: EA)
FIFA 21 TOTS LAUNCH – POTENTIAL LEAKED PLAYERS
• Harvey Barnes – Leicester City
• Tanguy Ndombele – Tottenham Hotspur
• Odsonne Edouard – Celtic
• Connor Goldson – Rangers
• Arnaut Danjuma – Bournemouth
• Max Aarons – Norwich
• Leon Bailey – Bayer Leverkusen
In the run-up to the launch of the FIFA 21 Team of the Season promo Futhead has also given predictions for their TOTS picks. Here’s who Futhead expects to feature in the FIFA 21 Community Team of the Season…
DEFENDERS: N. Mukiele RB – RB Leipzig – 84 -> 91 Rated, D. Alaba CB – Bayern Munich – 89 -> 92 Rated, K. Zouma CB – Chelsea – 80 -> 89 Rated, A. Wan-Bissaka RB – Manchester United – 85 -> 92 Rated
MIDFIELDERS: F. Valverde CM – Real Madrid – 85 -> 92 Rated, T. Ndombele CM – Tottenham Hotspur – 83 -> 91 Rated, F. Chiesa RM – Juventus- 82 -> 91 Rated
FORWARDS: L. Bailey RW – Bayer Leverkusen – 84 -> 92 Rated, H. Barnes LW – Leicester City – 88 -> 92 Rated, O. Edouard ST – Celtic – 81 -> 90 Rated
SUBSTITUTES: A. Areola GK – Fulham – 82 -> 90 Rated, L. Digne LB – Everton – 86 -> 93 Rated, M. Merino CM – Real Sociedad – 80 -> 89 Rated, C. Nkunku CAM – RB Leipzig – 83 -> 90 Rated
OTHER OPTIONS: T. Kadewere RW – Lyon – 74 -> 87 Rated, B. Yilmaz ST – Lille – 82 -> 90 Rated, M. Kean ST – PSG – 74 -> 87 Rated, C. Goldson CB – Glasgow – 79 -> 88 Rated, J. Hofmann RM – Borussia Monchengladbach – 81 -> 90 Rated, N. Lang LW – Club Brugge – 72 -> 86 Rated, P. Daka ST – RB Salzburg – 81 -> 90 Rated, M. Antonio ST – West Ham – 78 -> 88 Rated
In the run-up to the FIFA 21 TOTS launch EA has revealed Hamza: My Story (Image: EA)
Hamza: My Story is a comic created thanks to a collab between EA and Leicester’s Hamza Choudhury (Image: EA)
Hamza Choudhury and EA are also working on the FIFA 21 Midnight Ramadan League initiative (Image: EA)
As you twiddle your thumbs waiting for the new Team of the Season cards to be released you may want something to keep you busy.
Thankfully, if you’re in this boat you’re in luck – as EA has just announced a collaboration with Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury.
Choudhury and EA have worked together on a new free comic called Hamza: My Story, which is out now.
The comic documents the Leicester City midfielder’s upbringing as a British Asian, touching on how his heritage shaped him as a player and person, how his family helped him pursue his dreams and how he first combated racism on the pitch.
Speaking about the comic, which you can view online here, Hamza said: “Being yourself is important in life and football. It was a lesson taught to me growing up: to love who you are and what you do. Without embracing my heritage, my skin and even my hair, I would not be the person or the footballer I am today. This is my story so far”.
Research from last year shows that of the UK’s 4,000 professional footballers, only 10 were British Asian (0.25 percent).
Compare this to the almost ten percent (9.7 percent) of British Asians that play football in the UK recreationally.
Hamza: My Story is intended to inspire the next generation, and will be distributed to Premier League Primary Stars and Show Racism the Red Card linked schools.
The comic is part of EA’s ‘Inspire The Next Generation’ campaign and comes as the FIFA 21 makers also launched the Midnight Ramadan League: a grassroots football league set-up to help those who struggle to play during their Ramadan fast.
As part of the Midnight Ramadan League initiative, a number of in-game assets are out right now – including a kit and stadium dressing.
The assets are available in FIFA Ultimate Team until April 29 2021.
Speaking about the Midnight Ramadan League partnership, Hamza added: “Growing up, football was always my first love. From playing with my friends in the street after school, to heading to the pitch at the weekends, it was always my dream to become a football player.
“I’m proud of my Asian heritage and without it, I wouldn’t be the person or footballer that I am today, so it was an honour to partner with EA SPORTS to tell the inspirational story of the Midnight Ramadan League – a team I would have loved to play for! I hope that, together, we can help inspire future generations to follow their dreams.”
And the Reds were going to need all three of them to be at the top of their game to break down Zinedine Zidane’s side.
From the off, it was clear that Real were happy to sit back and soak up the pressure to try and counter at any given moment.
But Liverpool nearly – and should have – got off to the perfect start when the ball dropped kindly to Salah on the edge of the box inside three minutes only for the Egyptian to send a tame effort into the gloves of Thibaut Courtois.
The intensity was there for Liverpool as their midfield three and attacking players all closed down quickly to try and win the ball back.
And it helped create a number of opportunities for Liverpool to break the deadlock with James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum also coming close in the opening 45 minutes.
They ultimately wasted their opportunities before running out of steam in the second half.
Klopp rung the changes after the hour mark with Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all being brought on to try and inspire some change.
But Liverpool ran out of ideas with Real’s defence standing strong with Klopp’s side crashing out of the Champions League.
Tottenham’s players were reportedly left stunned by Jose Mourinho’s latest dig at them following their 2-2 draw with Newcastle United last weekend.
Spurs have been far from convincing in recent weeks, and the dropped points against the struggling Magpies saw them miss the opportunity to break into the top four.
There are rumours of a split in the dressing room, with Mourinho said to have fallen out with a number of big names.
And according to The Independent they were left furious with the Portuguese manager’s words after full-time at St James’ Park.
When asked why his side appeared unable to hold onto a lead after they conceded yet another late equaliser, Mourinho replied: “Same coach, different players”, suggesting that he feels the blame lies with those out on the pitch rather than him.
This has provoked an angry reaction from the squad, who feel Mourinho should take his fair share of blame for their defensive woes.
Mourinho’s future at Spurs is very much up in the air, but he is in danger of completely alienating himself from his team with his recent comments.
Spurs remain just three points off a place in the top four, but face a tricky-looking game against Manchester United this weekend.
And they also have the small matter of a Carabao Cup final against Manchester City to come later this month.
It is widely felt that if Mourinho fails to guide the side into the Champions League next season he will be sacked by chairman Daniel Levy in the summer.
But winning the Carabao Cup could save him, with Spurs looking for their first piece of silverware since 2008.
It means the next few weeks will prove crucial for Mourinho, and he will be desperate to get off to a good start with victory over his former club on Sunday.
England boss Gareth Southgate has already begun the “horrible conversations” with players, telling them their Euro 2020 journey is potentially over.
Southgate must submit his official squad with the rest of the nations in the finals on June 1 – 10 days before the tournament starts.
The final two friendlies, against Austria the following day and Romania four days later, will be a honing session for the selected 23.
In the past, Southgate has always preferred to select his squad as early as possible, and to that end he has already spoken to some of the players who he is already confident will not be part of his plans.
“That of course is a difficult message, very difficult and nobody looks forward to that,” Southgate said.
“Whether it’s for one squad or for a big tournament, of course it will feel worse for the players because it’s a big tournament.
“But the reality is whenever you’re delivering that difficult news, it’s a horrible conversation to be having.
“I’ve always got to remember that it’s worse for those receiving it than it is for those giving it, so you’ve got to have that empathy with how the players are feeling.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few already this week and I will do over the next couple of weeks, so that they know exactly where they sit because I think that’s helpful.
“You’ve got to manage expectations and have some reality about what they might need to do between now and the end of the season.”
Injuries to key personnel such as Jordan Henderson, Marcus Rashford and Jack Grealish remain a factor so Southgate will not be able to iron out every wrinkle just yet.
But with England’s young internationals that have been called up for recent games all exceeding expectations, Southgate faces some agonising choices.
To that end, he has vowed to continue to monitor form right up until the end of the season.
“We have got to be fully up to speed with where they are physically and what their form is,” he said.
Fans at test events at Wembley will meanwhile be forced to agree to two Covid tests in the hope it could lead to the biggest possible crowds at Euro 2020.
That could even involved a minor invasion of the Tartan Army for the group game between England and Scotland on June 18 even though UEFA have technically banned away fans.
In January UEFA announced that fans would only be able to travel to knockout matches in limited numbers. But because both England and Scotland are part of the UK, the restriction is unlikely to be applied.
In general, culture secretary Oliver Dowden spoke about 10,000 supporters being allowed into group games at Wembley, but that will only be possible if stringent tests are successful.
To that end, fans coming into test events at the FA Cup semi-final between Leicester and Southampton and the Carabao Cup final a week later between Manchester City and Tottenham will be forced to undergo tests both before and after the event.
Authorities want to check that the event itself has not caused a spike in infection rate and will expect those wanting to come into the stadium to make their own arrangements with regard to getting a properly-registered test.
Brent Council have asked the local residents who will be invited to those first two games to register their interest in a scheme.
The area lies just seven miles across north London from White Hart Lane, however, and there is likely to be a strong bias towards Jose Mourinho’s side from the neutral contingent.
It could see Spurs fans outnumber their City counterparts significantly when he first silverware of the season is up for grabs.
For both the Carabao Cup final and the second FA Cup final, 4,000 local health service workers, council staff and teachers, as well as residents, will be chosen to attend the events.
In addition, it is hoped that 2,000 fans for each of the clubs will be able to boost the Carabao Cup attendance to 8,000 – although it is not clear whether it will still be restricted to supporters living in London.
Revered Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova has marked her return to Moscow following an 18-month absence from her home country ahead of the Olympic Games – and couldn’t resist setting pulses racing with a new bikini shot,
The 28-year-old, who is preparing to perform in Tokyo this summer, has returned to participate in the national selection of athletes for the Olympic team.
Efimova hasn’t visited Russia since the pandemic began, suffering the effects of travel restrictions.